Mechanical Animals: Tales at the Crux of Creatures and Tech

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A speculative fiction safari that riffs on the traditional ideals of automata to explore our strange and competitive relationship with the natural world. Biomimicry is no stranger to literature, with canonical authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hans Christian Anderson, and Jules Verne setting the tone for a trope that has expounded and expanded upon what exactly separates humans from the animal kingdom as well as the boundary between machines and living beings. Featuring 15 original stories by today's top science fiction and fantasy authors and contextual mecha-fauna essays by artist and Insect Lab Studio maker, Mike Libby, and SF encyclopedist and author Jess Nevins, Mechanical Animals presents a biomimicry menagerie of animalistic machines that will blur the lines between what is and isn't nature's design.

Edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller

Featuring: 
Mike Libby
Jess Nevins
Tessa Kum
Delia Sherman
Maurice Broaddus
Sarah Hans
Lauren Beukes
Jesse Bullington
An Owomoyela
Stephen Graham Jones
Hans Christian Andersen
Molly Tanzer
Aliette de Bodard
Nick Mamatas
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Kat Howard
Michael Cisco
Adrian Van Young
Robert T. Toombs
Joseph S. Pulver, Jr.
Alistair Rennie
Jules Verne
Caroline Yoachim
Carrie Vaughn